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The cost of climate change induced flooding has already risen into trillions of dollars. Without rapid climate change mitigation and adaptation, the cost in lives and property will only soar.

The Costs of Climate Change Induced Flooding

The combination of thermal expansion, melting ice, and extreme precipitation are contributing to flooding, which significantly increases the costs of climate change. Recent flooding in Central Europe accrued unprecedented costs and the UK in particular experienced some of the worst flooding in the island nation’s history. We have seen record setting downpours in Japan and recurrent widespread flooding in Australia. Last summer, we…

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GCF proposes yet another climate finance program. Is this really what is needed?

GCF Board Meets to Launch Yet Another Climate Finance Vehicle

The 24-member board of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Green Climate Fund (GCF) is meeting at its recently established headquarters in Songdo, South Korea this week to hammer out the details that will see the climate fund become fully operational. Over four years in the making and with a goal of raising $100 billion in capital…

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Latest IPCC Installment Highlights Climate Risks, Potential for Adaptation

The threats, risks and costs associated with a rapidly changing climate continue to mount, making the benefits and rewards to be gained by enacting global adaptation and mitigation policies and initiatives yet more valuable and urgent, according to the latest installment of the UN IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report.

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2013′s Weather: Yet More Good Reasons To Curtail Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The sixth warmest year on record, 2013′s weather was wild, woolly, and very costly for people, economies, and ecosystems around the world, providing additional evidence of the inter-linkages between anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, a warming world and the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.

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U.S. Solar Trade Group Protests China’s Polysilicon Tariffs

The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing is protesting China’s imposition of tariffs on imports of polysilicon — the raw material used in solar photovoltaic cells and panels — from the U.S. While the tariffs violate international trade treaties, the Chinese government has ramped up the illegal subsidies it provides to domestic manufacturers, CASM asserts.

Cities offer the best opportunities for sustainability and resilience in the 21st century.

Will Our Cities Save Us? Municipalities at the Nexus of Change

Editor’s note: The following post is adapted from several previous posts published in GWIR over the past year about how cities are often the best examples of furthering sustainable development, resilience and adaptation in a climate-changed world. This post has been entered in the Masdar Engage blogging contest for the upcoming Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week — At the national and international…

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First Map of World E-Waste Highlights Staggering Extent of Growing Problem

Amid surging demand for smartphones, tablets and other CE devices, worldwide volumes of electronic,, or e-waste are expected to a surge 33% higher by 2017. Producing the world’s first world e-waste map as well as a domestic and transboundary study of e-waste, the Solving the E-Waste Problem Initiative also has some recommendations to address what’s quickly grown to an urgent environmental and health problem in regions around the world.